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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another Unflattering Day Of Testimony For Maureen McDonnell

In the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, a former staffer says the ex-first lady became increasingly volatile as she prepared for public appearances.

Redskins Players Show Solidarity With Ferguson

Members of the Washington Redskins waded into a political controversy last night. But this one had nothing to do with the fight over the team's name.

In D.C., Your Bundle Of Joy Costs Of A Bundle Of Money

The average cost of raising a child in the U.S. hit $245,340 last year, though it was significantly higher in D.C.

Schools In Montgomery County Raising Money For Students In Need

The start of classes is less than a week away in Montgomery County, and school systems are calling on the community to donate money for school supplies for young residents in need.

Northern Virginia Delegate Seat At Stake In Special Election

An election is underway on Tuesday to replace Del. Bob Brink, who resigned his seat in Virginia's 48th District to join the McAuliffe administration.

McDonnell Defense Contrasts Governor, First Lady At Corruption Trial

Lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell questioned former aides on Monday, describing Maureen McDonnell as "diva-ish" in contrast to her husband.

Monday, August 18, 2014

McDonnell Corruption Trial: Defense Calls Its First Witnesses

A bookkeeper for a real-estate partnership owned by the governor and his sister came first, followed by a former secretary of the commonwealth.

Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off In Ocean City

Democratic nominee Anthony Brown and Republican pick Larry Hogan both addressed the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference over the weekend in Ocean City.

Plan For Capital Crescent Trail Underpass Lives On After Cyclists Object

Montgomery County might dump a plan to run a popular bike and walking trail under a busy road, bicycling advocates say—but not before the public gets a chance to chime in.

D.C. Asks For More Time To Respond To Handgun Ruling

D.C. officials say they need more than 90 days to respond to a recent ruling overturning the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home.

TSA To Train Officers To Better Recognize D.C. Driver's Licenses, Says Norton

The Transportation Safety Administration will take steps to train airport security officers to better recognize D.C. driver's licenses, according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

By The Numbers: Crime And Policing In D.C.

Want to know how many people were arrested in D.C. in 2013, and what they were arrested for? Curious how many people call 911 every year in D.C., and how long it takes for police to respond? Look no further.

Car Thefts In D.C. Region Continue Downward Trend

The rates of car theft in Maryland and Virginia are at historic lows, according to new reports released by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Regulators, Cabbies, Uber Agree: Illegal Street Hails Have To Stop

Agreement between Uber and D.C. taxis is rare enough, but when it comes to unaffiliated drivers picking up riders on streetcorners, all parties agree that something that needs to be done.

McDonnell Defense Begins This Week; Former Gov. Expected To Testify Last

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to take the stand in his own defense at his corruption trial in Richmond, Virginia, but legal experts say his lawyers will likely save his testimony for the very end.

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